Accredited agencies and credentialed professionals have found that banding together to form regional consortiums is an effective networking opportunity. Listed below are the existing consortiums including what regions they cover, who to contact for more information, and details on their meeting frequency and location.


Region Covered: Arizona
Official Name: Arizona Fire/EMS Continuous Improvement Consortium
Contact: Gary West, 520-260-2699, 
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Meeting Locations: In coordination with CPSE workshops or AZ Fire Chiefs Conference


Region Covered: Arkansas
Official Name: The Natural State Accreditation Consortium
Contact: Bo Hagar, Accreditation Manager, Little Rock Fire Department,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Meeting Locations: Little Rock Fire Department Training Center
Other Information: Other Info: The purpose of The Natural State Accreditation Consortium is to provide a forum for Arkansas fire agencies to work together to improve the delivery of fire services to the citizens and visitors of the State of Arkansas. The consortium will serve as an ambassador to the accreditation model and provide a  direct resource to Arkansas and neighboring fire agencies seeking to or going through the accreditation or reaccreditation process.


Region Covered: California
Official Name: California Fire Rescue Accreditation and Credentialing Consortium
Contacts: Suwanna Kerdkaew, Acting Assistant Chief, Santa Clara County Fire District,


Region Covered: Canada
Official Name: Canada Consortium
Primary Contact: Dawn Dixon, Manager of Accreditation and Continuous Improvement, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services,
Secondary Contacts: Monty Armstrong, Assistant Fire Chief- Public Safety, District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue, 
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly, virtually in 2022

DOD Consortium

Region Covered: All Department of Defense Agencies
Official Name: DOD Accreditation and Credentialing Consortium
Contact: Barry Shughart, CFO, Fire Chief, DLA Installation Management Susquehanna,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Meeting Locations: Virtually or in-person at CPSE Excellence Conference


Region Covered: State of Florida
Official Name: Florida Association for Fire Accreditation and Professional Credentialing

State of Florida Consortium Coordinators

Corey Bowles
Lake Mary Fire Department
Assistant Chief
c: 321.246.2767

Jodie Ramirez
Compliance & Accreditation Manager
Broward County Sheriff – Fire Rescue and Emergency Services
w: 954-831-8910

Beth Stuglik
Fire Administration Manager
Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue
w: 561-799-4356

Brett Ciskoski
District Chief
St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
w: 727-893-7688


Region Covered: State of Georgia
Official Name: Georgia Association for Fire Accreditation and Professional Credentialing
Primary Contact: April Draper, Accreditation Program Coordinator, Covington Fire Department,
Secondary Contact: Joseph Bryant, Captain, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services,

Great Lakes

Region Covered: States of Illinois and Wisconsin
Official Name: Great Lakes Fire Accreditation Managers
Contact: Mark Puknaitis, CFO, Fire Chief, Naperville Fire Department,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly

Iowa and South Dakota

Region Covered: States of Iowa and South Dakota
Contact: Matt Sonnenburg, Deputy Chief, West Des Moines Fire Department,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly

Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Region Covered: States of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
Official Name: The Heart of America Accreditation Task Force
Primary Contact: Thomas Miller, Battalion Chief, Lenexa Fire Department,, 913-477-7913
Secondary Contact: Joey Heidman, Division Chief, Olathe Fire Department,, 913-971-7900
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Location of Meetings: Varies

Michigan – Ohio – Indiana

Region Covered: States of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio
Official Name: Michigan – Ohio – Indiana Accreditation and Professional Credentialing Consortium
Contact: Dave Dauer, Battalion Chief (ret), Toledo Fire and Rescue Department,, 419-245-1175
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Location of Meetings: Varies 


Region Covered: Nevada
Official Name: Nevada Accreditation and Credentialing Consortium
Primary Contact: Greg Chesser, Deputy Fire Chief, Boulder City Fire Department,
Secondary Contact: James Johnston, Deputy Fire Chief, Elko City Fire Department,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Location of Meetings: Varies

North Carolina

Region Covered: State of North Carolina
Official Name: North Carolina Accreditation Support Consortium
Primary Contact: Cindy Bonham, Deputy Chief, Retired,
Secondary Contact: Matt Jacoby, Assistant Chief, Town of Cary Fire Department,
Frequency of Meetings: Typically, quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
Location of Meetings: Greensboro Training Facility


Region Covered:  Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)
Official Name: Northwest Accreditation & Credentialing Consortium
Primary Contact: Mike Messer, Assistant Chief, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, Office: 360-217-2153 Cell: 425-328-6962
Secondary Contact: Lisa Sjoden, Program Manager, Renton Regional Fire Authority,, Office: 425-276-9576
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly, 2nd Monday of January, April, July, and October from 0900 to 1200 PST via Zoom

Rocky Mountain

Region Covered: States of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah
Official Name: Rocky Mountain Accreditation and Professional Credentialing Consortium
Primary Contact: Scot Swindall, Accreditation Manager, South Metro Fire Rescue, office: 720-989-2610,
Secondary Contact: Xavier Anderson, Accreditation Manager, Los Alamos Fire Department, office: 505-662-8328, cell: 505-670-3435,
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Location of Meetings: Rotates to different geographic regions of CO
Other Info: The consortium’s goal is to support agencies that are interested in pursuing accreditation, from the initial interest to maintaining accreditation with educational opportunities, real-world problem solving, mock site visits, and mentoring. A secondary goal is to support individuals achieve professional credentialing with education, mentors and application review.

South Carolina

Region Covered: State of South Carolina
Official Name: South Carolina Accreditation Consortium
Primary Contact: Rhett Livingston, Battalion Chief /Accreditation Manager, Bluffton Township Fire District, Bluffton, SC 
Secondary Contact: Stephanie Julazadeh, Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, North Charleston Fire Department,, 843-434-3804
Frequency of Meetings:
Location of Meetings: Upcoming location decided at conclusion of current meeting


Region Covered: State of Tennessee
Official Name: The Tennessee Fire Credentialing and Accreditation Consortium (TFCA)
Primary Contacts: Derek Hyde, Brentwood Fire & Rescue, / Jason Powell, Johnson City Fire Departments, 
Secondary Contact: Brian Goss, CFO, Fire Chief, Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department,, 615-371-0170
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly in conjunction with TN Fire Chiefs Association
Location of Meetings: Determined by location of quarterly and annual meetings of the TN Fire Chiefs Association
Other Info: TFCA promotes the CPSE credentialing and accreditation processes as personal and organizational development tools, and encourages all agencies to engage in the models regardless of whether or not the end goal is to actually achieve accreditation and/or credentialing.


Region Covered: State of Texas
Official Name: Center for Public Safety Excellence – Texas Consortium
Primary Contact: Leonard Chan, Accreditation & Compliance Coordinator, Management Analyst, Houston Fire Department,
Secondary Contact: Dennis Redd, Assistant Chief, El Paso Fire Department, 
Frequency of Meetings: Triannual
Location of Meetings: Meetings may be through the internet, teleconference, or in-person.
Other Info: Texas Consortium Facebook page


Region Covered: Commonwealth of Virginia
Official Name: Virginia Consortium for Excellence in Emergency Services
Primary Contact: Amy Valdez, Battalion Chief, Virginia Beach Fire Department,, 757-285-4211
Secondary Contact: Joe Beavan, Accreditation Manager, Alexandria Fire Department,, 703-746-5238
Frequency of Meetings: Quarterly
Location of Meetings: Henrico County Fire Training Center